Thirteen Reasons Why Book and Television Show Review

By: Amanda Luper

     Thirteen Reasons Why, the best-selling book written by Jay Asher, is a new Netflix Original Series. Since its release on March 31, 2017, the show has been a hit earning a five-star rating on Netflix within the first 24 hours and has gained worldwide attention with both good and bad press. Selena Gomez, a former Disney star, is one of the co-producers of the show, bringing attention to the series. Although the television show follows the book fairly closely, there are significant differences as well.

     The book, published on Oct. 18, 2007, follows the story of Clay Jensen as he returns home from school to find a mysterious package on his front steps. The package contains 13 tapes which were written and recorded by Clay’s friend, Hannah Baker. Hannah went through a tough time battling depression and being harassed and bullied by her peers. She left behind tapes for the 13 specific people she blames for her death; anyone listening to them is one of the reasons why she committed suicide.

     Thirteen Reasons Why is a great book for young adults. The story conveys the message that words hurt and reminds us that no one really knows what others are going through.

     If you want more information or if you want to share your own story you can go to You can listen to Hannah’s tapes at
     The cast includes: Dylan Minnette as Clay Jensen; Katherine Langford as Hannah Baker; Christian Navarro as Tony Padilla; Alisha Boe as Jessica Davis; Brandon Flynn as Justin Foley; Justin Prentice as Bryce Walker; Miles Heizer as Alex Standall; Ross Butler as Zach Dempsey; Devin Druid as Tyler Down; Amy Hargreaves as Lainie Jensen; Derek Luke as Kevin Porter; and  Kate Walsh as Olivia Baker